Sunday, May 20, 2018

Character Design Sketch Pages

Roughly 3 sketch pages, formatted together vertical-wise, moreso for Pinterest than anything else. Good luck ever seeing it there though. As always, some of these can be found on the Instagram account.

Am sure my tens of viewers could care less about whatever progress I may or may not make on this front, but I need to be able to gauge for myself where I'm at in terms of simplifying shape choices, or just having a better shape and line rhythm that isn't sacrificed for the sake of belting out story ideas, and vice versa. Is a fine line between actual productivity and spinning one's wheels in order to feel productive. If the animation industry's taught me anything...  Well, there's a whole tier of management dedicated to extracting the latter. Which I think explains more than a few end results, in things far beyond our own profession.

And then we see it in the wheels,
the wheels!
Which never like to rest,
the wheels! . . .
How heavy are the stones themselves,
the millstones!
They dance in merry ranks . . .
The millstones!

Friday, May 04, 2018

Slumberhexe - Daydream Notebook 01

Intended more as a WIP progress page, throwing a few non-sequential panels together from separate pages. Was also an excuse to explore color options a little more.

~ The original full pic that started the process:

~ Panel detail of the peasant riot:

Slumberhexe - Daydream Notebook 02

The original full page, which ended up going counter clockwise starting from the top right for whatever reason. Trying to create anything should mean allowing yourself to get messy; and despite the eternal critique of other artists (read: animators), getting the creative juices flowing sometimes means not giving much of a damn about everyone else's nitpick; "Not left to right? I can't follow, I don't get it."

Yeah, neither do I. Not fully anyhow. Hence the process of creating.

Slumberhexe - Daydream Notebook 03

 Several of the individual panels given their own page.

A close up of the last panel.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Tone study, but also a reminder to myself that a scene needs an environment and atmosphere.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Obligatory Retro Game Post 5

The Space Harrier cyclops mammoth got cropped out for now, but since this is part of a larger illustration, no worries. He'll have his day soon. As always, this can be found over at the Instagram account.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Birthday Card Illustrations

Two birthday card illustrations I did for a former coworker over a year apart. Given it's mostly all the same characters, it's a good benchmark to see what all has changed in my drawing choices and habits, if any. I think my waist proportions are a little more balanced now, and am hitting the eyes with a little more control and possibly style, mostly aping on Guillaume Singelin's cat pupil approach, which I like playing with. (The purple plum / raisin character is not mine, btw, but the friend's whose bday this was for.)
Posted this over at the Instagram account already: Complete revision of an ancient piece back from the CalArts days, 2005 or so. If you look closely you can see the original image in the background. I think I may have even used it for my portfolio submissions that landed me one of my first studio jobs at the time.

(Yes, an actual physical portfolio. 30 to 45 page booklets, with clear insert sleeves, badly printed images courtesy of Kinko's, and a grand total of 30 seconds spent by companies flipping through them - these existed at one point in time, back when Cintiqs were seen as a novelty item in the industry.)

If I remember right, one of the roommates at the time had a high end printer which I used to knock these portfolios out with. Later on I was at the mercy of Kinko's. The first got me into the industry, the latter not so much. Which makes one wonder if it was the quality of the work or the prints that caught their eye first time around, since I was drawing sh*t at the time. But it was sh*t that was high res on 80lb satin matte paper.

But oh well. Предоставь мертвым погребать своих мертвецов.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Obligatory Retro Game Post 3

Took a panel from a larger comic book page to try out a color pass. The larger page is below, with a simpler color / tone approach, which I like a little better. More of an old comic print approach with the RGB dot matrix / zip tone look.